Experiencing and witnessing racism in any of its forms has traumatic effects that can build up with time and repetition. Resources to help Black people and other people of color care for their mental health through the trauma of racism are listed below.
Black Mental Health Resources
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness an organization of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship.
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a training, movement building, and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
Black Girls Smile Inc. promotes positive mental health for young African American girls.
Black Mental Health Alliance develops, promotes, and sponsors trusted, culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings, and referral services that support the health and wellbeing of Black people and other vulnerable communities.
Black Mental Wellness provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, highlights and increases the diversity of mental health professionals, and decreases the mental health stigma in the Black community. (Instagram)
Eustress raises awareness on the importance of mental health in underserved communities, allowing individuals to identify and overcome challenges to achieve a healthier and productive lifestyle.
Inclusive Therapists aims to make the process of seeking therapy simpler and safer for all people, especially marginalized populations.
Melanin and Mental Health connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities.
National Organization for People of Color Aganist Suicide, founded by suicide loss survivor, Dr. Donna Barnes, works to reduce the stigma of suicide prevention among communities of color through training and advocacy
Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness sustains the mental wellness of Black women through building community, sharing information, and connecting Black women to quality mental wellness services.
The AAKOMA Project helps diverse teenagers and their families achieve optimal mental health through dialogue, learning, and the understanding that everyone deserves care and support.
The Loveland Foundation provides financial support for therapy for Black women and girls.
The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).
Transparent Black Girl is a wellness collective shattering unconventional stigmas surrounding what it means to be well for black women.
12 Books on Mental and Emotional Health by Blackety Black Folks, a reading list by Alexander Hardy
Black Men and Depression by John Head
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP
Online Resources, Apps, and Social Media
Depressed While Black: An online community, blog, and video hub for Black mental health.
Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself: An article by global health professor Roberta K. Timothy.
Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice & Direct Action: A guide by Black Lives Matter Healing Justice Working Group on preparing for action, self-care during an action, and restoration and resilience after an action.
The Hip Hop Social Worker: Christopher Scott, MSW, CSWA is a social worker from Portland taking a journey to further his career and making an effort to change the platform of social work.
Mental Health Tips for African Americans to Heal after Collectively Witnessing an Injustice: A self-care video by Brandon J. Johnson, M.H.S.
Racial Trauma and Self-Care in Tragedy: A resource list by University of North Texas.
Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News: A conversation between Kenya Hameed, PsyD and Jamie Howard, PhD of Child Mind Institute.
Recovery Resources for Black and Immigrant Communities: Mental Health America, video
Sharing Hope: Speaking with African Americans about Mental Health an hour-long presentation that can help increase mental health awareness in African American communities by addressing a number of important topics | NAMI
The Safe Place: A minority mental health app geared specifically towards the black community.
44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country | By Zahra Barnes, Self Magazine